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Saturday, June 16, 2021

It seems that fringe Republican congressman Ron Paul is striking a chord with online political junkies, bolstering his otherwise slim 2008 Presidential prospects.

Republican strategists point out that libertarians, who make up a small but vocal portion of the Republican base, intrinsically gravitate toward the Web’s anything-goes, leave-me-alone nature. They also say that [Paul’s] Web presence proves that the Internet can be a great equalizer in the race, giving a much-needed boost to a fringe candidate with little money and only a shadow of the campaign staffs marshaled by Romney, McCain and former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.

Yep, with the help of the online hordes, Paul will build a campaign to rival that of Howard Dean’s. And we all know how successful Dean’s Web-centric Presidential bid was.

Again, perspective: Objects on the Internet often appear to be larger than they are in real (offline) life. Paul could get a billion friends on his MySpace page, and that will translate to little or no additional votes during caucus/primary season — y’know, when the shows of support actually count. Not only won’t he directly get any support, but his chances of influencing the Republican platform toward more libertarian-leaning policies diminish as well (not that that is a factor — despite 8 years of neocon undermining, Republicans are still perceived as the smaller-government party anyway).

Paul still has a decent shot of getting elected President via his online buzz. President of Second Life, that is. The White House? No.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 06/16/2007 06:26:06 PM
Category: Internet, Politics
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  1. Four Words: SNAKES ON A PLANE. Internet meme done to perfection, but sadly fizzled IRL.

    But I enjoyed it.

    Comment by david — 06/17/2007 @ 06:39:30 PM

  2. Oh yeah, the SOAP case study readily came to mind while I was reading/writing all this. I had hoped to avoid invoking it, but obviously, it practically wills itself into the discussion!

    Comment by CT — 06/18/2007 @ 10:17:56 AM

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